Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

Synopsis

Through essays by noted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) religion scholars, this important compilation summarizes the history and current status of LGBTQI theology, exploring its relationship to the policies, practices, and theology of traditional Christianity. Contributors contrast the "radically inclusive" thinking of LGBTQI theology with the "exclusivity" practiced by many Christian churches, explaining the reasoning of each and clarifying contentious issues. At the same time, the book highlights ways in which "queer" theology and practice benefit Christian congregations.

Writing from the perspective of grassroots Christian LGBTQI movements, many of the contributors draw upon their own experiences. They provide graphic examples of the effects exclusion has on individuals, congregations, and denominations, and also share examples of inclusion and its effects. Equally important, the work creates the basis for dialogue between traditional churches and followers of LGBTQI theology, offering practical suggestions for Christian congregations that wish to put aside exclusionary policies and practices.

Excerpt

Robert E. Shore-Goss

Tony growled, “You know Troy, I learned one thing from this experience,
nobody likes a queer. We’re just a bunch of dirty queers and nobody cares
about dirty queers.”

“Somebody cares.” Troy responded.

“Who?

“God cares.”

Tony laughed bitterly, and said, “Oh, come on Troy, God doesn’t care
about me.” With that, he turned and left. I knelt down and said, “All right
God, if it’s Your will; if You want me to see a church started as an outreach
into our community, You just let me know when.” And that still, small
voice let me know—now!

—Rev. Troy Perry

Before Stonewall, Troy Perry founded a movement that became a church, spreading throughout the United States and globally. On October 6, 1968, Troy followed the promptings of the Spirit and celebrated the first worship service of the Metropolitan! Community Church (MCC) in a rented house in Huntington Park, California. Twelve people responded to an ad run in The Advocate Magazineand attended that service. During the first Sunday service, Troy told the attendees that he intended to . . .

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